Date lodged: 16 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the Istanbul Convention on gender-based violence and what (a) action it is taking to implement the obligations and (b) discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding ratifying it.
Answered by: Angela Constance 9 January 2017
The Scottish Government strongly supports the principles of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women. We have called upon the UK Government to set out a clear timetable for ratifying the Convention, and to engage with the devolved administrations on this. We welcome the UK Government's support for Eilidh Whiteford MP's private members Bill on ratifying the Convention, and are pleased that this has progressed to a second reading following the first reading on 16 December 2016. Officials have had contact with counterparts in recent weeks on the implications of ratification for Scotland and we expect the UK Government to write to Ministers about this soon. We will continue to engage with the UK Government on this matter.